January 20, 2003 |
It's a measure of the sort of man he is that when colleagues talk about Sean Astin, it's not the work that's first in their minds. "The Lord of the Rings" star is an actor, the son of other actors, a real showbiz brat. But brat is precisely what Astin is not. "If you broke down on the road in the middle of the night and phoned him up, he'd be there in an instant to help," says Richard Taylor, the makeup and special-effects wizard who got to know Astin as they made "The Lord of the Rings."
October 29, 2011 |
The creative and marketing team behind the horse-racing mockumentary "And They're Off... " may have shot themselves in the, er, hoof by keeping this diamond in the rough away from reviewers. Turns out, the movie (filmed locally at Hollywood Park and Pomona's Fairplex Park) is a consistently amusing, sometimes hilarious spoof in the Christopher Guest mold; a warmly cockeyed look at a clumsy, yet hope-springs-eternal horse trainer, Dusty Sanders (Sean Astin), who's on a rocky ("Rocky?"
November 9, 2003 |
ELIJAH WOOD, who is given the job of saving the world (or Middle-earth at least) in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, began his career modeling little boys' clothing in a mall. He was just 7 when his mother moved him from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Los Angeles in 1988, and his screen debut came almost immediately, with a small part in the second episode of "Back to the Future." Enough decent roles kept coming his way that he did not have time to do a single stage play or complete high school.
January 21, 1996 |
Sweet-natured and unsurprising--about as hard to resist (and as intellectually demanding) as an affectionate puppy--this 1993 tale of a guy who never gave up on his dream of suiting up as a football player for Notre Dame benefits from a charming and engaging performance by Sean Astin (pictured) in the lead role. Otherwise, it's "Never Say Die"/" Gotta Be Me" all over again (HBO Sunday at 5:15 p.m.; Friday at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
October 28, 2001 |
A Hobbit, an Elf and a Warrior From the Upcoming Film 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' Work Their Magic in Winter's Untamed Looks sean astin/30 plays samwise "sam" gamgee (hobbit) residence> Los Angeles what he wears> Kenneth Cole, American Eagle Outfitters, Hugo Boss style icon> Jimmy Stewart wardrobe essential> A Carhart jacket and Birkenstocks l.a.
January 10, 2014 |
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. FOR THE RECORD: Movie previews: A listing in the Jan. 12 Sunday Calendar Movie Sneaks section for the film "G.B.F. " had the names of the writer and director reversed. The writer of the teen comedy opening this weekend is George Northy, and the director is Darren Stein. - Jan. 17 Back in the Day An aspiring actor best known for his insurance commercials heads home to Indiana for his high school reunion and reconnects with his now-married friends and an old flame.